The food found at Pasarbella may not be as wallet-friendly as the farmers' markets in California, considering that it looks like an upmarket themed food court of sorts, but there are a number of worthwhile offerings here, like Keith's Crackling Roast. A girlfriend of mine swears by their pork crackling.
By the look of it, Keith's roasts appear no different from the standard hawker centre char siew and siew yoke. But the difference lies in the marination, seasoning and foundation meats. Here at Keith Crackling Roast, the pork is leaner, the marinades are unmistakeably western-style, with sides and dips distinctively western too.
The Crackling Roast Pork ($8 for regular) truly crackles when you bite into it. Wait, it's more like a thunderous crack. Really. The crunchy skin was contrasted with the tender meat, punctuated by slivers of fat. This was flavoursome on its own, but in case you like yours with lots of condiments, there's homemade apple sauce, mustard and a fiery pounded chilli for kick.
The Honey Barbecue Pork ($8 for regular) balanced the smoky char and honeyed sweetness nicely, and was just melting moist. Fragrant Roasted Herbed Potatoes ($3), glazed with a beautiful charring, sided this for a more substantive bite.
Keith Crackling Roast
200 Turf Club Road
Tel: 9119 5994
Open Mondays to Thursdays from 11am to 7.30pm
Fridays from 11am to 8pm
Saturdays and Sundays from 10.30am to 7.30pm